Stokes County residents interested in a exploring North Carolina have a new way to do so thanks to a new company started by Kathy Shoaf.
“Right now I am just doing day trips, but I hope to grow it to be able to do three-day, two-night trips to go to Asheville or the beach,” said Shoaf, who runs Gracy Goose Touring. She started the business this summer after leaving a company she had worked for for decades. “I wanted to do something I enjoyed. I have always been very people oriented and I love doing day trips.”
At the time, Shoaf was working on her certification to drive a school bus.
“I realized I would have a licences to do passenger and school buses and I thought ‘Wow, I have always wanted to do day trips, why not go ahead and start on it,’” she said. “So I started looking for buses and everything fell into place for me.”
Shoaf said that in addition to organized trips to the Tanglewood Festival of Lights, Tanger Outlets and a special Shop and Eat Local trip on Dec. 5, she is also available for chartered trips for local organizations.
“The senior group at Recreations Acres has already contacted me because a lot of times they cannot fill a big bus,” she said. “My bus will hold 18 people or 16 with two wheel chairs.”
Shoaf said she hopes to grow her business, but wants to keep the focus on North Carolina attractions.
“I really want to show off North Carolina,” she said, adding that trips with Gracy Goose Touring are alcohol and smoke free. “We will take scenic rides through the countryside, visit small towns and find their hidden gems, explore museums and broaden our knowledge. Along the way we’ll find the good places to eat and shop local. North Carolina has a lot to offer and something for all ages to enjoy.”
Shoaf added that her new company is named after her beloved dog, Gracy.
“I was trying to think of names and since I want to take her with me it just kind of stuck,” she said. “It was different and was not used so I went with it.”
For more information contact Shoaf at 336-671-5493 or visit her website at www.gracygoosetouringllc.com.
Nicholas Elmes may be reached at 336-591-8191 or on Twitter @NicholasElmes.